666philb: thank you very much for pointing out what I missed. Bulk Rename Utility was the first app I checked out (I love Cnet/download.com), but in my haste for an easy solution I missed . . . an easy solution
. The user interface is a bit intimidating but the program worked perfectly with your guidance, and next time I'll be more patient before pestering the kind folk here.
Propaganda Panda: thank you very much for your willingness to help. Having recently written my first (very very simple) batch file--a cmd prompt to remove the write protection from the first usb external drive (volume 2) plugged into my Windows 7 laptop; for some reason any external drive I plug into my laptop becomes write protected within minutes, but only on my
laptop (very frustrating, but a different issue)--I looked at the SET \?. I get the gist but would need a tutorial to utilize it. My music is organized by
but the Bulk Rename Utility allows for the selection of subfolders so that was no problem. Heck, it looked to me as if Bulk Rename Utility could manipulate most any part of a directory. Anyway, thanks again for your time, I really appreciate it.